Clapping for God’s Creation

Clap your hands, all you people!
    Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!
Psalm 47:1

The year I graduated from high school I entered a religious order called the Jesuits.  We were called “novices” for the first two years—a word that means “new.”  The seminary was high above the Hudson River in Hyde Park, New York.

Every evening we used to take a walk to see the river.  One evening, a novice said, “How come we only applaud when someone performs?   Why don’t we clap for God’s beautiful creation…like that tree over there?”  We began to applaud the tree, then doing the same for other ones.  It seemed as though the more we clapped, the more we enjoyed the beauty of each tree.  We had such fun!

How about doing the same while taking a walk with your family.  It might seem a bit weird; but that’s part of the fun!  For those who live in the northern hemisphere, it’s autumn, when the year comes to an end.  How about clapping your hands for God who did such a beautiful job in making the world!

Psalm 47

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

All you nations, clap your hands. v. 1
All nations under Your p’wer v. 3
Sing praises to God our King. v. 6
Rulers putting down weapons v. 9

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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“Turn, Turn, Turn”

There’s a season for everything
    and a time for every matter under the heavens.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

We are in the final week of the sacred year; Advent begins next week.  Like a camera’s zoom lens, we step back and feel the seasons moving from winter to fall like the pendulum of a grandfather’s clock.  Back and forth the pendulum swings; back and forth the earth in its yearly cycle turns and tilts toward the sun making summer; moving away, making winter.

     In the mid 1960s the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” came out; it became a big hit. This is the most popular song with the oldest lyrics—right from the Bible in today’s reading. As you listen to the song, sense the movement of the words like a great pendulum as the song makes contrasts in life from one side to the other.  Rock back and forth as you listen to Judy Collins sing this lovely song. Click to listen.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Time for birth and time for death 3:2
Time to plant and time to reap 3:2
Time to cry and time to laugh 3:4
Time to greet and time to part 3:5

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

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Our Greatest Treasures

Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The Lord’s word that you delivered is good,” since he thought, That means there will be peace and security in my lifetime.
Isaiah 39:40

When you have a friend over to your house, you like to share your toys, your electronic games and all the things that are important to you.  It wouldn’t make much sense to invite a bully over to your house to show him or her all these things!

But that’s what King Hezekiah did.   He wanted to so impress his enemies that he showed them all the precious articles used in worship. Guess what. Like thieves that have found out how valuable the articles are in a house so that they can come back later and rob, that’s what happened to Hezekiah.

King Hezekiah turned out to be “King Show-Off.” Today’s story warns us to be careful about those with whom we share what is valuable to us, such as our thoughts and feelings.  These are our greatest treasures; share them carefully.

 Isaiah 39 

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Trusting only in You, Lord v. 2
Forgive me for selfishness. v. 8
Consequences to my acts
Care for those coming after

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

These Firestarters are for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.